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Review: Sleevehead’s Guide to Sicilian Tailors

I’m pleased to announce that Gentleman’s Gazette recently reviewed my guide to Sicilian tailors and am delighted that Raphael reached out to me to review it. Raphael is the fellow behind Gentleman’s Gazette and moreover he has actually been to Sicily. Needless to say, his passion for clothes speaks for itself. Likewise, Raphael’s review of …

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Messina style: Elbow patches and quilted coats

During my recent trip to Sicily, the noteworthy thing was elbow patches. In Messina, I saw them everywhere from sport jackets in window displays to a customer’s jacket that a tailor (Epifanio) was working. Below are a few of those photos:         Epifanio working on a tweed jacket It’s also the season …

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Sicilian tailors: What’s next after the Neapolitans?

I came across this September 2010 Irish Times article on Sicilian tailors. The article makes an astonishing claim, which, if true, speaks to a wonderful sartorial state of affairs in existence half a century ago. In postwar Italy, the author of the article estimates there were approximately 100,000 tailors serving about 85 per cent of …

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MRketNY 2010: The business of menswear

MRketNY is a US menswear tradeshow featuring leading makers and suppliers of men’s clothing selling to independent stores and larger accounts. From my perspective it was a very well-organized show and bustling with appointments and foot traffic the day I visited.  I enjoyed visiting many of the booths and chatting with owners, sales reps and …

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Bespoke survey: Who will be your next tailor?

First, a very special thanks to everyone who responded to the bespoke survey I created earlier this year. If you haven’t filled it out yet, here’s the link to the survey and the related post. In the survey, I asked the following question: Which tailors are you most interested in commissioning a garment from but …

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